TRC Or War Crimes Court?
-Church Leader Seeks One Voice
A veteran church leader, Dr. Benjamin Dorme Lartey is calling on the Church in Liberia to speak with one voice in relation to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Findings and its Recommendations versus a call for War and Economic Crimes Courts in Liberia.Dr. Lartey, an Ecumenical Accompanier of the Faith & Justice Network, was speaking at a “Stakeholders’ Consultative Dialogue for Strategic Partnership” at the Corina Hotel in Monrovia on Friday, September 7, 2018.
The cleric further indicated that the Church must not be seen as divided on the issue of TRC versus War Crimes Court. he recalled that during the Accra Peace Accord, Liberia was asked to choose either the Sierra Leonean path to peace or that of Truth and Reconciliation of South Africa, The FJN Accompanier then reminded the Church that “we chose TRC.”
If for some reasons the Church wants to reconsider its “original position,” on the issue of TRC versus War Crimes then there is a need for another peace accord, the man of God said. The Faith & Justice Network “Stakeholder’s Consultative Dialogue” brought together several church organizations, including: the Liberia Council of Churches, Association of Evangelicals of Liberia, National Christian Council of Liberia, YMCA, YWCA, Christian Health Association of Liberia, Christian Association of the Blind, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, Lutheran Development Service, Prison Fellowship Liberia, Catholic Justice & Peace Commission, United Methodist Human Rights Monitors and Ecumenical Women of Liberia among others.
Chairing the section on “Strategic Partnership,” Dr. Lartey said, the Church must take ownership of the Faith and Justice Network, indicating that FJN was not here to replace or compete with the Church but to complement the Church of Liberia; hence, there was a need for a platform that would sound what he termed as, “The early warning.”
On the question of whether evangelism is necessary in advocacy, Rev. P. FahnKollie, representing the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia and the District Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church of Liberia, said, life-style evangelism is appropriate in advocacy, adding, “He who comes with equity must come with clean hands.”
The collaborating partners at the “Consultative Dialogue on Strategic Partnership” then resolved to reinforce the previous working committee that was set up at the Royal Hotel.
It can be recalled that on June 7, 2018 senior church leaders agreed to work together on burning issues of national concern. A working committee was set up to proactively engage government.
Those on the committee include the General Secretary of the Liberia Council of Churches, The General Secretary of the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia, the District Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church of Liberia, the General Overseer of the Restoration Baptist Ministries, and the Faith and Justice Network.